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Old 12-03-2012, 06:46 PM
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Default Unique Nymph Legs

I promised i would post this info as soon as I was able. I have tied legs on my mayfly nymphs according to the following instructions for about 8 years or so now. The method is easy to do and results in even and realistic looking legs in the right position on your nymph patterns. I will often tie them in this way on emerger patterns also. Hope this gives you another option as you try to tie patterns to fool the fish.

Also, if you've ever struggled with taking a clump of feather fibers or pheasant tails or such to attach them to each side of a nymph and you find you're all thumbs, and one clump is larger or longer than another, this method will really make your life easier!

I show some step-by-step photos of a fly I call KG's South Fork Special, but I've only included the step-by-step beginning with the tying in of the legs:

Use a color of hen feather that matches the fly you are tying:
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Here is the finished fly with the legs as instructed:
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Here is a Pheasant-tail nymph with the same type of legs and method for tying them in:
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It doesn't take long to master and turns out some beautiful flies that I believe are worth the effort, since the fish also seem to think so...

Give it a shot and good luck!

Best Fishes,

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Old 12-03-2012, 07:02 PM
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Excellently done SBS.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:53 PM
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Awesome Kelly, thanks so much for taking time to post this SBS. This is MUCH easier than what I been doing to get the legs on.

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That's one great SBS!
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Default Re: Unique Nymph Legs

This will help me a lot. I'm pretty satisfied with my tying progress,,,EXCEPT,,the frustration of a constant method of attaching nymph legs ! A prayer is answered ! Seriously ! And it appears to be very basic and simple.

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Kelly: Thanks for taking the time to do that SBS!

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thank you for this.. The legs for a 20incher are done this way but could never get more than a couple barbs on each side.. now I know how to get more legs in my pattern
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Kelly,

That is how I do it as well, and you did an excellent job of illustration. I like the fact that it allows you to get more than one set of legs from a feather. It is great on a copper john.

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Excellent SBS Kelly...and beautiful nymph toothanks for posting
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Default Re: Unique Nymph Legs

Thank you to all. Whenever I'm demo tying at a fly shop or expo the "oohs, and aahs" break out every time I demo that one tip for tying in legs on nymphs and emergers.

Hope there are many who will find this helpful.

Best Fishes,

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